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The chapter provides an example of how to analyze the infrastructure of a leading Christian magazine. It applies ethnographic methods of interview and institutional analysis. Especially in the context of examining the contemporary religious media business, newsroom ethnography serves as a convenient starting point for assessing periodical studies and links it to relational sociology. The chapter considers the newsroom as a relational space of human and material coactors evolving from a small room at the heart of a printing house to a large, mobile open office, and global multimedia enterprise. It examines the changes that transform religion reporting and the practices of magazine making. It also helps describe the pressures through digital production and publishing as well as the recessionary economics of 2008/9 that forced religious magazines to restructure their business, marketing, and employment strategies.

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In: Periodical Studies Today
In: Materialität
From the Twentieth Century to the Digital Age
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Protestant Periodicals in Transition: From the Twentieth Century to the Digital Age demarcates the field of religious periodical studies by offering a range of historical and contemporary case studies from different Protestant traditions drawn from various regions of the world. Taking religion, periodicals, and their cultures seriously, this volume focuses not only on content but on the people, processes, networks, technologies, and economics involved in periodical publishing. Case studies explore the role of the Protestant magazine in defining, policing, and extending the boundaries of religious communities, of engaging with and influencing the surrounding society through political activism and lifestyle advice, and adapting to and sometimes spearheading technological changes to keep relevant in changing times.
In: Protestant Periodicals in Transition
In: Protestant Periodicals in Transition
In: Protestant Periodicals in Transition
In: Protestant Periodicals in Transition
In: Protestant Periodicals in Transition
In: Protestant Periodicals in Transition
In: Protestant Periodicals in Transition